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Subject: The GRATEFUL DEAD " Live on stage" December 7, 1969 at the Fillmore West, San Francisco California, U.S.A.
I recommend using your EQ with this show.
The day after The Altamont Speedway Free Festival December 6, 1969.
A very trippy show.
Whether or not the events from the night before made any difference on the performance of this show is debatable.
Something is different.
Some of the music waxes and wanes in and out of consciousness like a person that's stayed up all night and all day.
Exotic renditions of standards by the GRATEFUL DEAD.
Pigpen ends the show with a 28 minute version of his signature song "Turn On Your Lovelight".
A classic 1969 GRATEFUL DEAD Show. Add it to your collection.
Eat, Drink, Be Merry and Listen to the GRATEUFL DEAD.
Thanks for the Love.
lemon lime partridge -
Subject: i guess they always will...
hey man, this is really a groovy show...don't let reports of lousy sound quality scare you off.
first of all, the sound is quite good...yeah, it's not as bright as a kelly clarkson CD but it's highly listenable.
the other cool thing about this show is that it's the day after altamont. it's not the greatest show if you're looking for a happy trip...it's a bit of a downer and the weird sense of loss and confusion is wrapped around every note played on this night.
then again, if you dig the historical significance of all that, it's fascinating.
the tone gets set right away with a seriously sorrowful "black peter". after that even pigpen can't really cheer us up with a "hard to handle" just doesn't exude the jubilation typical of that number...they try to get going, but there's bummer in the air, man. things seem to start getting fun around "cumberland blues" & "mama tried" but then "easy wind" still sounds like a come-down. the "all you need is music, sweet music" line of "dancing in the streets" sounds like it's echoing awkwardly through the garbage strewn and caution-taped speedway of yesterday's malaise. "china cat" gets up to a good point and "i know you rider" is fun with well-done harmonies. "st. stephen" through "the eleven" is as good as any in 69 and "lovelight" goes out with a bang and the crowd is having a good time. maybe everyone has just accepted that yesterday things got out of hand - and they always will.
this is a fascinating scene because the summer of love era is sloppy dead at this point (on this very day, perhaps) and we're on the cusp of the era when the grateful dead stop smashing into the transitive nightfall of diamonds and instead start making themselves a bed down by the waterside.
without a doubt this is a very heavy show if you should so choose to over-analyze it...even if you don't the playing is excellent 69 quality and the sound is fine so be sure to listen.
Young Blood -
Subject: Pretty good
China Cat through Lovelight was pretty hot.
Subject: Good playing/weak sound
This download is only slightly better than the cassette source tape thats been floating around trading circles for several years. This is less hissy but still too muddy for most to handle. Too bad because the overall playing is quite inspiring in places. Worth a listen but you probably won't put this in your CD player very often.